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A Profile of Older Americans: 2002

Racial and Ethnic Composition

In 2000, 16.4% of persons 65+ were minorities--8.0% were African-Americans,** 2.4% were Asian or Pacific Islander,** and less than 1% were American Indian or Native Alaskan.** Persons of Hispanic origin (who may be of any race) represented 5.6% of the older population.  In addition, 0.8% of persons 65+ identified themselves as being of two or more races.

Only 6.6% of minority race and Hispanic populations were 65+ in 2000 (8.2% of African-Americans,**7.8% of Asians and Pacific Islanders,** 6.0% of American Indians and Native Alaskans,** 4.9% of Hispanics), compared with 15.0% of whites.**

(Data for this section were compiled from Internet releases of the Census 2000 data)

 **Excludes persons of Hispanic origin.

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